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Research scientist funding opportunity at eScience

RESEARCH SCIENTIST FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

University of Washington eScience Institute

Location: Seattle Campus

The eScience Institute empowers researchers and students in all fields to answer fundamental questions through the use of large, complex, and noisy data. As the hub […]

May 10th, 2018|Categories: News|
  • Participants in the West Big Data Hub Data Carpentry workshop. Photo, Robin Brooks, eScience Institute

Extending data science training across the West

In partnership with the West Big Data Innovation Hub, the eScience Institute hosted a hands-on Data Carpentry Instructor Training Mar. 22 – 23 in the WRF Data Science Studio. Participant teams hailed from across the western […]

April 13th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |
  • Jenny Muilenberg presents at the UW Data Science Summit. Photo, Robin Brooks, eScience Institute

First UW Data Science Summit a success

By Robin Brooks
Over 200 students, faculty, staff, and community members attended the first annual UW Data Science Summit, a two-day conference hosted by the eScience Institute. The cross-disciplinary event, which was held on the Seattle […]

April 12th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |
  • By combining artificial and human intelligence to improve mountain flood prediction, researchers hope to facilitate a better understanding of floods in coastal Washington watersheds. During a November 2015 flood of the Skagit River near Sedro-Woolley, Wash., resident Greg Platt moves bicycles to higher ground. Photo credit: Skagit Valley Herald. The modeled flood shown was the largest most recent flood caused by an atmospheric river (AR) event in 2006. Snow and ice are critical natural reservoirs of water resources. Improved understanding is expected to improve management decisions, planning, climate impact assessment, flood & drought resiliency. Before the incubator, hydrologic modeling predications were reported with unknown uncertainty estimates. The work accomplished during the Winter Incubator resulted in a standard method for ensuring ergodic, optimal model behavior required to support hypothesis testing used in scientific decision making. Given the hours of model run time required, the computing demand could not have been possible without the help of UW IT Cloud Services and Amazon Web Services.

Reflections on the 2018 Winter Incubator program

Nineteen project leads, eScience data scientists, and researchers participated in this year’s Winter Incubator program, which focused on projects in hydrology, political science, astronomy, atmospheric science and neuroscience. The five teams met over the course […]

March 26th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , |
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Masters students finish course on governance analytics

Twenty-two students participated in the UW Evans School of Public Policy and Governance’s course “Computational Thinking for Governance Analytics” held in the winter quarter. The course was created and taught by professor Jose Manuel Magallanes, an […]

  • Photo Courtesy of Mandalit Del Barco/NPR Richard Colón, better known by his stage name Crazy Legs at his home in Isabela, Puerto Rico, shows the before-and-after of the water filtration system he's helping deliver to people in remote areas. This photo originally appeared in https://www.npr.org/2017/10/01/554803408/richard-crazy-legs-col-n-returns-to-puerto-rico-with-a-clean-drinking-water-miss

RAPID grant awarded for Puerto Rico research

By Julia Hart for Freshwater

On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm. With sustained winds of 155 miles per hour, just two miles per hour shy of […]

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Researchers receive five-year grant to study homelessness and education

By Emily Keller

The University of Washington (UW) eScience Institute has received a five-year, $754,601 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance data analytics at organizations serving the homeless in the Puget Sound region, […]

January 12th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |
  • The sun sets at a DSSG event (and on 2017!) Photo, Robin Brooks, eScience Institute

2017 eScience Institute highlights

By Robin Brooks
It was a productive, full and fantastic year here at the eScience Institute. Students, faculty, staff, researchers and community members participated in dozens of events, workshops, seminars, poster sessions, working groups, networking opportunities, […]

December 15th, 2017|Categories: News|
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‘Creating Institutional Change in Data Science’ paper published

A new paper intended for academic leaders who seek to accelerate data-intensive discovery and data science education on their campuses has been released.

It is based on the experiences of the three institutions (New York University; University of California, Berkeley; […]

  • The participants in the 2017 Moore/Sloan Data Science Summit pose for a picture. Photo courtesy of New York University.

2017 Moore Sloan Data Science Summit held in New Orleans

By Robin Brooks
Over 120 people attended the Moore Sloan Data Science Summit Nov. 5 – 8, 2017, in New Orleans, LA. The conference, held to foster collaboration as part of the Moore Sloan Data Science […]

November 17th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |
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Blog: My eScience experience

By Kivan Polimis
I heard about the eScience Institute in the fall of 2014, during my first quarter at the University of Washington (UW), and was immediately drawn in by the Institute’s inclusive approach. That mention […]

  • Postdoctoral fellows and graduate students gather for a career workshop featuring Tom Daniel. Photo by Robin Brooks

Postdoctoral fellows join eScience team

By Robin Brooks
The eScience Institute has recently welcomed 14 new Moore-Sloan Data Science and Washington Research Foundation Innovation in Data Science Postdoctoral Fellows representing 13 different departments on campus, and a breadth of research and technical […]

November 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |
  • Participants from Astrohackweek 2017.

Welcome from Director Magdalena Balazinska

Dear eScience team and community,

The new school year is in full gear and the eScience Institute is once again the place on campus where researchers come to learn about the latest data science tools and […]

October 31st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |
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2017 Geohackweek a collaborative success

By Anthony Arendt, data scientist and Geohackweek organizer
The University of Washington’s eScience Institute hosted the second annual Geohackweek Sept. 11 – 15, 2017. Inspired by AstroHackWeek and Neurohackweek, the conference combined tutorials with group work (“hacks”) on […]

October 18th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |
  • David Beck presents at the Fall Welcome Event. Photo by Robin Brooks

Fall Welcome Event

By Robin Brooks

The eScience Institute held its annual Fall Welcome Event Oct. 2, 2017, in the WRF Data Science Studio. Dozens of students, faculty and staff members enjoyed a warm welcome from Magdalena Balazinska, director of […]

October 12th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: |
  • Neurohackweek 2017 participants. Photo by Robin Brooks

Neurohackweek: an international collaboration

By Ariel Rokem, data scientist and Neurohackweek organizer

Forty graduate students, postdocs, research staff and faculty took part in Neurohackweek 2017, including international attendees from Turkey, Russia, Canada, the United Kingdom and Denmark.

The neuroscience conference, which ran […]

October 6th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Data Science for Social Good in the news

By Robin Brooks

The Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) final project presentations happened on Aug. 17, 2017, on the Seattle campus. The fellows presented on the results of their projects over a two-hour period to […]

August 31st, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , |
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Interview with archaeologist Ben Marwick

By Robin Brooks

The pioneering archaeology work of Ben Marwick, data science fellow and member of the eScience Institute Steering Committee, has resulted in several high-profile publications and garnered lots of media attention. His paper “Human occupation […]

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Leadership changes at the eScience Institute

The eScience Institute is pleased to announce recent changes in leadership and institutional structure. We are extremely grateful to Ed Lazowska and Bill Howe for their inspiring leadership and look forward to their continued contributions […]

July 28th, 2017|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |
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NASA High Mountain Asia Project

By Robin Brooks
Over one billion people live downstream of the region referred to as High Mountain Asia, an area ranging from the Hindu Kush and Tien Shan in the west to the Eastern Himalaya, and […]

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Social good fellows win Seattle Angelhack

By Robin Brooks
2017 Data Science for Social Good fellows Brett Bejcek, Mayuree Binjolkar, and Orysya Stus, with UW electrical engineering PhD student Yana Sosnovskaya, competed in and won the ‘Best use of HERE Technologies’ challenge […]

  • UW and UBC fellows meet in Vancouver

Data Science for Social Good fellows meet in Vancouver

By Robin Brooks
The first Cascadia Urban Analytics Cooperative Summit took place on the University of British Columbia campus July 13 – 14. eScience Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) student fellows and project leads joined with […]

  • DSSG fellows Orysya Stus, Michael Vlah, Brett Bejcek, Mayuree Binjolkar. Photo: Robin Brooks, eScience Institute

Data Science for Social Good fellows take AI prize

By Robin Brooks
Four of the 2017 eScience Institute’s Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) fellows took first place in the Seattle Global AI Hackathon, “the world’s first ever AI hackathon series”. Brett Bejcek, Mayuree Binjolkar, Orysya Stus, […]

  • Nick Bolton, left, with DSSG team members Kaicheng Tan, Jess Hamilton, Meg Drouhard, Thomas Disley, Anat Caspi, Vaughn Iverson, and Bryna Hazelton

Data science team wins Husky Seed Fund Award

By Robin Brooks
A team of data scientists, including Anat Caspi, data science fellow and director of the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology, Nick Bolton, former Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) project lead, ethnographer Anissa Tanweer, […]